Meg Baird, president of NOLA DMC,
praised the wide variety of possibilities for
matching culture with meetings and incentive groups in the Big Easy.
“New Orleans museums offer unforgettable experiences, and offer visiting groups
the opportunity for exceptional events,” she
said, noting the opportunities for activities
ranging from World War II scavenger hunts
to dinners where the Louisiana Purchase
was signed. Cocktails can be served among
displays of legendary musical instruments
like Louis Armstrong’s coronet.
The Louisiana State Museum, which operates nine venues throughout the state, is
among the top choices for many groups. Its
top sites include The Cabildo—a Spanish
colonial building—and The Presbytere,
which dates to 1791.
“The Presbytere and The Cabildo are
right on Jackson Square, right in the French
Quarter, within walking distance to most
hotels,” noted Yvonne Mack, director of
events at the Louisiana State Museum.
“When you leave an event you can easily
walk to Bourbon Street, or go to Cafe du
Monde and have a beignet.”
Mack said that peak months for bookings
are March through May, and also October
Jody Halter, vice president of sales at
Accent DMC, said that the Louisiana State
Museum’s offerings are a noteworthy
example of how the city can cater to groups
seeking experiential meetings.
“We’re working with younger groups that
want to have more of an experience, so the
museum component really fits in well because it’s more educational,” she explained.
“When we take them to the Louisiana State
Museum, for example, they’re just amazed
Latest + Greatest
➜ Major expansion is underway at Louis
Armstrong New Orleans International
Airport ( www.flymsy.com), with plans
for a new terminal that will expand the
number of gates from 30 to 35. Also
in the works is a 2,190-car parking garage, a central utility plan and a ground
transportation area. The new terminal
will open February 2019. In addition,
British Airways recently launched
nonstop service from London to New
Orleans four days per week, and starting
at the end of this October, the service
will increase to five times per week.
➜ The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Boulevard Development
( www.mccno.com) project will begin
this fall. The plan aims to improve exterior access ways by reducing the traffic
along the building to a two-lane street.
Details will be announced soon regarding a new headquarters hotel, outdoor
entertainment, arts and cultural venues,
and new retail and housing facilities.
➜ The 18-hole Bayou Oaks at City Park
( http://cityparkgolf.com) golf course
opened in April.
➜ The Sazerac Company, which produces whiskey, tequila and other spirits,
announced plans for The Sazerac House
( www.sazerac.com) visitor attraction and
beverage alcohol museum, which is to
open in late 2018.
➜ A 230-room Hilton Curio (http://curio
collection3.hilton.com) will open in
early 2019, near the National WWII
➜ Double Tree by Hilton Hotel New
Orleans ( http://doubletree3.hilton.com)
recently unveiled a $25 million renova-
tion to its guest rooms, lobby, pool and
➜ San Francisco-based boutique hotelier
Joie de Vivre Hotels opened its first
property in the south. The Troubadour
( www.jdvhotels.com), located in New
Orleans’ Central Business District, has
184 rooms and 836 square feet of
➜ The 207-room Homewood Suites by Hilton New Orleans French Quarter (http://
debuted with 1,521 square feet of
➜ The 217-room NOPSI Hotel (www.
nopsihotel.com) will open in the Central
Business District this month. The
property will have 4,000 square feet of
event space, a rooftop pool and bar, and
about 10,000 square feet of indoor and
outdoor meeting space.
➜ The 175-room Wyndham Garden New
Orleans East ( www.wyndham.com)
recently opened. Billed as the first
full-service hotel with a conference
center and restaurant to open in the
New Orleans East area since Hurricane
Katrina, the property has meeting and
event space for 140 people.
➜ A 350-room Four Seasons (www.
fourseasons.com) hotel will be built in
the vacant World Trade Center building.
Plans include an observation deck on
the 31st and 33rd floors, a ballroom,
meeting rooms and a restaurant. This
project is slated to open fall 2019.
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